University of the People


We are extremely proud about the continuous support we receive at University of the People. Recently, President Emeritus Dr. Torsten N. Wiesel, Nobel laureate, joined our President's Council.  We wish to extend a warm welcome to Dr. Wiesel, as well as to our newest Advisory Board Members: Betsy Wilson, Jim Michalko and Ken Marlin

We began the year with our largest cohort of new students and we are experiencing our greatest number of total student body enrollment to date. Thanks to the help of our volunteers and friends and the generous amount of goodwill we continue to receive from supporters around the world, we have admitted students from more than 150 countries and have many more applicants seeking to join University of the People. 

As University of the People continues to spread far and wide around the world, we continue to get wide media coverage. I'm proud to say that we have appeared in over 30 different publications since the beginning of the year, including top news sources such as Financial Times, The Washington Post, CCTV, the Spanish El MundoUniversity World News and TIME among many others.

If you would like to learn more about our milestones and achievements from the past year, you can view the 2014 Annual Report, available online and in print.                                      

Warm regards, 

Shai Reshef 

University of the People 

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UoPeople Welcomes Distinguished New Supporters 

 From L-R: President Emeritus Dr.
          Torsten Wiesel, Ken Marlin, Lizabeth (Betsy) Wilson, Jim Michalko

We are delighted to welcome our newest Advisory Board members to the team.

President Emeritus Dr. Torsten N. Wiesel joins our President's Council. Dr. Wiesel was President of The Rockefeller University from 1991 to 1998. He is currently Chair of the Board of Governors of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology in Japan and co-director of the Shelby White and Leon Levy Center for Mind, Brain and Behavior at The Rockefeller University.   He serves as advisor to research institutes in China, India, Brazil, Italy, and the United States, mainly helping to create opportunities for young scientists to carry out independent research.  In 1981 Dr. Wiesel shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with David Hubel for their discoveries concerning information processing in the visual system. 

Lizabeth (Betsy) Wilson joins our Library Services Advisory Board. Betsy is the Vice Provost for Digital Initiatives and Dean of University Libraries at the University of Washington. The University Libraries ranks among the largest and most innovative academic libraries in the United States with collections of more than 8 million volumes. Betsy has published and presented widely on information literacy, teaching, learning, and technology; cross-sector collaborations; global libraries; and assessment and evaluation. She has held numerous leadership positions in the American Library Association and the Association of College and Research Libraries, including chair of the ACRL Instruction Section, member of ALA Council, and ACRL President (2000-2001).

Jim Michalko joins our Library Services Advisory Board. Jim is Vice President of the OCLC Research Library Partnership. Prior to joining OCLC in 2006, Jim was the CEO of the Research Libraries Group (RLG) for nearly 16 years. Before directing RLG, Jim held positions in private industry (medical technology, merger and acquisition analysis), the University of Chicago libraries and the University of Pennsylvania libraries.  

Ken Marlin joins our Business Administration Advisory Board. Ken is Managing Partner and Founder of Marlin & Associates. Ken has spent the past 25 years leading and advising international middle-market information technology firms.  He has been CEO of global firms and has bought, sold and raised growth capital for his own companies along with advising dozens of others.  Immediately before founding M&A, Ken led the Business Information and Internet practice at the media merchant bank and private equity fund Veronis Suhler Stevenson. Ken is quoted regularly in publications ranging from Business Week and Forbes, to The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune and other major publications worldwide. He has been the subject of interviews on business-radio and television programs including CBS News, BBC-Worldwide, FoxNews, Fox Business, Dow Jones MarketWatch, and CNBC. His biography is listed in “Who’s Who in the World”; “Who’s Who in America”; “Who’s Who in Finance and Industry”.

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UoPeople in the News





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